Contest Rules


The Disaster Chef Challenge is an emergency preparedness activity hosted by Memorial University of Newfoundland and inspired by Public Safety Canada’s Emergency Preparedness Kit recommended contents. The challenge encourages you to have fun with emergency planning and preparedness and to learn in the process. Disaster Chef Challenge invites you to create original and tasty main course options from non-perishable food supplies, a limited supply of water and cooking on portable outdoor stoves - all of which could be found in your Emergency Preparedness Kit at home.

The goals of the Disaster Chef Challenge are to educate the campus community on the importance of personal emergency preparedness; to enhance community resilience through personal emergency preparedness; and to promote Memorial University’s Emergency Management Program.

1. Eligibility

1.1 The contest is open to any staff, faculty and/or students of Memorial University as of October 15, 2015, except for staff of the organizing unit (Enterprise Risk Management) and immediate family of the Contest Judges.

2. Guidelines

2.1 Recipes submitted must be original and include the name of the recipe. Recipies must include at least one (1) ingredient from each of the categories (taken from Canada’s food guide); can use a maximum of two (2) litres of water; must use standard measurements (e.g. cups, tablespoons, ounces, litres, grams, etc.), and must indicate a specific amount for each ingredient.

2.2. The recipe must be written to make three (3) servings of a main course meal (one (1) serving for each judge).

2.3. Each ingredient, including the water, must be listed, preferably in order of use, followed by complete, step-by-step cooking instructions, including timing for any cooked components.

2.4. The recipe must be completely preparable within forty-five (45) minutes.

2.5 All cooked elements of the recipe must be prepared on a portable outdoor stove. Recipes containing directions that call for the use of conventional ovens, microwave ovens, or other cooking appliances including the use of small food appliances, such as food processers, blenders, or any other alternating current (AC) powered device, will be disqualified.

2.6 Finalists will be supplied with a 1.5 L sauce pan, 4.5 L sauce pan, 9.5" fry pan, spatula, slotted spoon, can opener, disposable cutlery and the ingredients listed in their recipe to prepare the meal. Recipes must be able to be prepared with these tools.

2.7 The recipe must not have knowingly been previously published or have won another award, and the right to submit the recipe to the Disaster Chef Challenge must not be restricted in any way. Submission of a recipe is a warrant by the contestant that the contestant owns all copyrights and other intellectual property rights to the recipe and constitutes an assignment by the contestant of these rights to Memorial University of Newfoundland.

3. Entry Rules

3.1 Contestants can enter one recipe for consideration entering online between September 29, 2015 and October 13, 2015. Early and late entries will not be considered. Each recipe must be submitted by an individual, not by a couple or a team. Entries are limited to one per contestant.

3.2 To enter online, go to and click on the Enter Contest link. Log in with your MUN login credentials. Fill in the entry form, including your recipe, and follow the on screen instructions to submit.

4. Selection of Finalists

4.1 Three (3) contestants will be selected by Enterprise Risk Management to compete in the 2015 Disaster Chef Challenge at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

4.2 Finalists will be notified on or about October 14, 2015. Finalists will be required to complete a Release and Waiver in order to be eligible to compete in the Challenge. The Challenge will take place on October 15, 2015. Finalists will be required to be at the location at 11:30 am. The event will run until approximately 1:00 pm. Finalists will receive further instructions once notified of their eligibility to compete.

5. Judging

5.1 The following guidelines will be used to judge recipes in either or both preliminary and final rounds:

a. Creativity
b. Taste
c. Appearance

5.2 Recipes that do not follow Contest Rules will be disqualified by Disaster Chef screeners. Qualified recipes will be reviewed by the Selection Panel, which will select the entries deemed worthy of consideration as finalists. At the Challenge, the finalists will prepare their recipe and the meal will be tasted and scored by an independent panel to determine the winners. In both the preliminary selection and the Challenge, the decisions of the judges are final and binding.

6. Prizes

6.1 The Judging Panel will select

a. One (1) grand prize winner to be titled “Memorial University’s 2015 Disaster Chef” who will receive a 16 GB Apple iPad Air2 and a 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit.

b. Two (2) Runners-Up who will each receive a 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kit.

6.2. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Memorial University, who reserves the right to substitute a prize in whole or in part with another prize of comparable or greater value if in intended prize is not available for any reason as determined by Memorial University in their sole discretion.

7. Conditions

7.1. The live competition will be recorded and media may be present. As part of the participants contribution to the contest, and regardless or whether the participant is selected as a finalist, Enterprise Risk Management may request contestants to participate, free of charge, in any activity relating to the Challenge including without limitation recordings and participation in interviews, appearances, promotional and publicity activities.

7.2 Participants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules. All entries become property of Memorial University and will not be returned. Finalists will be required to execute documents of eligibility, release from liability, and transfer of ownership of intellectual property rights in their winning recipes. By entering the Contest, all participants consent to the commercial use of their names, pictures, likenesses, recipes (with rights to edit or adapt those recipes) without further attribution, notification or compensation. By entering, participants release and hold harmless Memorial University, respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, shareholders, employees, and agents, the members of the Judging Panel from any and all liability (including but not limited to claims of infringement of copyright or other intellectual property) or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge or any prize won.

8. Requests

8.1 To receive Contest Rules visit our website at

8.2 For the three (3) finalists recipes, visit our website at on or about October 16, 2015.

8.3 Telephone requests for rules, Finalist’s list, and recipes cannot be accommodated.

*Immediate family includes spouses, parents, children, or any other household member